NEW 2020 DATA
Abortion legislation | Practical conditions | Abortion statistics
Characteristics of women having induced abortion | Fertility and contraception data | Country-specific characteristics
1952: abortion is allowed (Yugoslavia)
1974: Art. 191 dated 21 February
1978: new Law dated 21 April
2017 (Croatia, ex Yugoslav Republic): the Constitutional Court confirmed the women′s right for abortion on request. The Court obliged the government to propose the new Law in the next 2 years.
Update 2019 (December) According to the media, no action regarding the new law has been started yet.
- Attitude of doctors towards abortion is getting more severe and abortions are getting more expensive
- Abortion is not explicitly labelled as essential
Medical abortion not regulated by the Law dated 21 April 1978, or by any other Law/Decree in Croatia.
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COVID measures taken from the article by Bojovic N, Stanisljevic J, Giunti G. The impact of COVID-19 on abortion access: Insights from the European Union and the United Kingdom.
Health Policy. 2021 Jul;125(7):841-858.United Nations publication (http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/abortion/profiles.htm)
Law dated 21 April 1978
Croatian Institute of Public Health, Central Bureau of Statistics (https://www.hzjz.hr/periodicne-publikacije/hrvatski-zdravstveno-statisticki-ljetopis-za-2019-tablicni-podaci/)
Croatian Institute of Public Health, Central Bureau of Statistics (https://www.hzjz.hr/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Bilten_POBACAJI_2017.pdf)
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